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Dr. Holly Osburn

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Holly K. Osburn is an Associate Professor of Management and the Director of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Osburn is a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where she received her BS in Psychology. 

She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Immediately after completing her Ph. D. she worked as a consultant and program manager for OU for a year before becoming an assistant professor of psychology at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Osburn has served as a professor of management in the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2009 and Director of Leadership studies for the College of Business since 2011.

As the Director of Leadership studies, Dr. Osburn has created and developed a number of programs that seek to instill and develop leadership characteristics in students. One of her greatest accomplishments in this role has been establishing the Broncho Business Leader program. Commonly referred to as “2B Leaders,” the program takes 30 top undergraduates students from the College of Business and empowers them to be change agents in their communities. A second program developed under her leadership has been a Leadership Speaker Series which hosts six executive level speakers from the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area each year to talk to College of Business students about what it means to be a leader. A third impactful program designed and executed by Dr. Osburn is an event called Network It. Network It is a speed-networking event that helps students refine their networking skills in a safe environment. Dr. Osburn believes her mission is to inspire students to become individuals of positive impact in their respective communities. Her goal is to show students that through learning and implementing what they learn, they can change the world and make a difference.

Her research focuses on the areas of leadership, planning, creativity and business ethics. Her research can be found in The Journal of Creative Behavior, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Creativity Research Journal and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Organizational Creativity.

Dr. Osburn and her husband of 16 years, Mike Osburn, a graduate of OC, have three children ages 11, 8 and 6, and live in Edmond, OK.